A week ago it was reported that Nvidia Corp. and its partners would finally release its new dual-chip flagship graphics card – GeForce GTX Titan Z – on the 8th of May. As it appears, no store in the world started to sell the most expensive consumer graphics board ever on Thursday and a rumour has it that the product has been postponed again.
Nvidia originally announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z at its annual GPU Technology Conference back in March. The product – powered by two extremely powerful GK110 graphics processing units, arguably the highest-performing GPUs ever made, along with 12GB of GDDR5 memory – was supposed to be a masterpiece from performance, engineering and feature-set points of view. It was also priced at whopping $3000 (£2330, €2835) without taxes, which would have made it a pride for the owners and a desire for all others.
But something went wrong. Over one and a half months after the formal announcement, the GeForce GTX Titan Z is still not available even from boutique PC makers.
Originally it was rumoured that the GeForce GTX Titan Z was to be released on the 29th of April, 2014. After the graphics board did not show up on that date, numerous web-sites reported that the launch was postponed to the 8th of May. Still, today, the dual-GPU made no show too. Moreover, there is no even unofficial information about a new launch date. ComputerBase.de web-site reports that the launch date was “shifted indefinitely”.
The reasons for the delay are unknown, but some believe that Nvidia wants to reconsider specifications of the product. When originally unveiled, the GeForce GTX Titan Z was supposed to be the highest-performing graphics card on the market with 8TFLOPS of maximum single-precision compute performance, which could justify its incredible price of $3000 (£2330, €2835). However, since then AMD rolled-out its Radeon R9 295X2 powered by two Hawaii XT GPUs that costs less than half the price and delivers nearly 11.5TFLOPS of compute performance. Given such a rival on the market, Nvidia reportedly took additional time to tweak clock-rates of the GPUs and memory as well as to polish its drivers.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
Update: While there are mentions of the GeForce GTX Titan Z on select online auction web-sites, it does not look like the graphics boards are actually at hands of their sellers. For example, a number of people on Chinese auctions are selling Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan (or even something else, e.g., the GeForce GTX 690), but advertise it like the GeForce GTX Titan Z. There is also one person on Ebay, who is auctioning a GeForce GTX Titan Z 12GB graphics card without giving an exact delivery date, but estimates to ship it between the 1st and the 16th of July.
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KitGuru Says: Although there will be buyers for the GeForce GTX Titan Z even in case it is not an absolute performance champ, it looks like Nvidia decided to actually make the GeForce GTX Titan Z the best graphics card money can buy. This means that the dual-GPU Titan Z should lead in virtually all benchmarks and consistently leave the Radeon R9 295 X2 behind. Now, all we have to do is wonder whether Nvidia manages to do this and in what time…